Curved Stair Rail and Stringer Bending Frames
We've been custom making the frames each time but looking to possibly invest in a quicker system. I've seen some pictures of one company that used steel columns which would fit into tracks set up on the floor and ceiling. Has anyone seen this and point me where to look for it?
From the original questioner:
The company looks to have some interesting equipment and we will check out that stair press. They just so happen to be up the road from us so that would be great for support!
From contributor D:
We bought 3" X3" X 1/4" wall by 12' long aluminum and added 2x2 flanges on top and bottom. We then added 3/4" birch plywood to one face and they work perfectly. We bought 24 pieces first and then we added more later. Sometimes we have two bends going at the same time for rail or whatever. We put down a 3/4" ply floor on the concrete and then we use 1/4" sheets on top of that for layout, easy to replace after glue and all.
We paint ours for every stair layout. We then chose to hang a framed ceiling at 12'-1" and plywood that with 5/8". This works really well for us. When you have a layout over 12' just let fly past you ceiling and make some other post out of 2x or extend a couple of your aluminum post to 14'. When your plywood wears out on the face of the poles just change them out. We use self tapping screws for the plywood strips.
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